Turner Memorial Scholarship
The Arkansas City High School Class of 1951 is making a contribution to the Dick and Marcia Turner Memorial Scholarship fund at the college, and you can help. This is a reduced copy of a black and white historical sketch of the four Arkansas City High School buildings from 1874 to present. The sketch was done by 1951 ACHS graduate Don Bowman, who also is a 1953 graduate of the college.
This sketch, along with a brief history of the buildings, will be available for purchase from committee members in the hospitality room inside CornerBank during Arkalalah on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost of the sketch is $100, and proceeds will go to the Arkansas City Literacy Council for the Dick and Marcia Turner Memorial Scholarship fund at the college.
The scholarship was created at Cowley in May 2000. It was created to further the education of a deserving adult learner or GED student. It was established to honor the many years of service that Dick and Marcia contributed to the Arkansas City Literacy Council.
Cowley Faculty Completes WSU Masters Program
Many Cowley faculty members have recently completed their masters program through Wichita State University. Those who graduated were JoLynne Oleson in Faculty in Business Technology, Heather Allen as Director of Student Support Services, Janice Stover as Director of Instructional Activities, Rhoda MacLaughlin as Director of Library, and Judi Groves as a Adjunct Faculty member. Congratulations to all the faculty who accomplished this wonderful achievement and the best of luck to Bryan McChesney, Scott MacLaughlin, and Elizabeth Shepard, all of whom are still working at their masters.
Full-time enrollment surpasses 3,000 for first time
Cowley has reached yet another enrollment milestone. As of Sept. 3, the college’s full-time equivalent enrollment was 3,002 students, breaking the 3,000 mark for the first time in school history. Its 4,588 total students also is a record, surpassing the 4,309 recorded on the 20th day of classes last spring. Overall, FTE is up 21 percent and total head count 13 percent.
The most significant increase has once again occurred at the Southside Education Center in Wichita. Southside is up 36 percent from last fall, climbing from 856 FTE to 1,161. The Mulvane Center enrollment has increased 19 percent from last fall, from 252 to 300 students. Enrollment on the main campus in Arkansas City also is up 9 percent from a year ago and stands at 1,118 students. Distance learning, which has taken off in recent years at the college, also is growing. Online class enrollment was at 126 FTE, compared to just 37 a year ago, representing a 240-percent increase.
Why such a dramatic increase in enrollment this fall? Economic conditions, including layoffs in the aviation industry in Wichita, have had a major impact. Another factor is that Cowley’s in-state tuition and fees increased just $5 total to $53 per credit hour, while most four-year colleges and universities raised their tuition significantly more.